Apr 19, 2019

Sexy Season ~ sexiness with added recap

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So here goes, something ...

I'll switCH it up and give out some numbers and thoughts about
the most important professional hockey team in the universe.

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Management

Geoff ~ 8
He kept his hands off, said a few good things, let them play it out. Players like him.
He saved a few bucks but that's enough. He owns the most important professional hockey team in the universe. Spend to the last nickel.

DGMB ~ 8
Impressive pre-season moves that made a big impact. He made up, in part, for some previous dumpster decisions. I think he understands what makes a good player. Next step is to be aggressive. Offer sheets would be fucking FHFun. He needs to remember he is the GM of the most important professional hockey team in the universe.

Timmins ~ 8.5
No team has made 100% perfect drafts/trades. Timmins is top shelf and I think maybe even underrated. The prospects pipeline is loaded and he has at least 10 upcoming picks for the most important professional hockey team in the universe. Merci Tim.

CJv2 ~ 8
What an improvement, if only based on points. +25 and just out of bettman's playoffs for the most important professional hockey team in the universe. I liked the focus on offense. More youth coming so hopefully he can deal with it.

CoaCHes ~ 8
Collectively, a good job, except for the powerplay. No excuses on not fixing it.
The most important professional hockey team in the universe should have a top 10 PP.

Laval ~ 6
Expected more but too much vas et viens for Bouchard et al. The influx of prospects next year should garner well for the most important professional hockey team in the universe's farm team.

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Goalies

TFS ~ 8.5
Wins record for the most important professional hockey team in the universe.
Still one of the league's MVPs.
He delivered in the crease and in our hearts.
A truly special person.

Niemi ~ Great team player. Thanks.

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Defense

BBQ ~ 8.5
From injury to being (properly) named the Captain of
the most important professional hockey team in the universe.
Stellar.

Dish ~ 8.5
Underrated as a #3, held his own as a #1 as BBQ healed. One of my fave Habs.

Mete ~ 8
Beauty Dman. So smart.
He may not score (SWIDT?) but I think he will be the #1 Dman for
the most important professional hockey team in the universe, soon.

JB ~ 7.5
When he is on, he is on. He gets slagged way too much.
At the #4-5 and his salary, not to mention how he (and his family) love Montreal.
Love JB.

Other Dmen that played ~ 7

Collectively a good group. Kulak impresses.

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Offense

Domini ~ 9
The kid wants to be a lifetime member of
the most important professional hockey team in the universe.

Druid ~ 7.5
Had he been consistent, then what? He needs to get his head on straight.

Sauce ~ 9
Find a fault in his game. Doesn't shoot enough? Meh, this guy is pure gravy.

Fiver ~ 7
Nice guy.

LB ~ 8
Pure heart and pure speed.
He, also, loves to be part of
the most important professional hockey team in the universe.

KidA ~ 10
Best Hab this year.
Needs to be given a very long term contract from
the most important professional hockey team in the universe.
Love this guy so muCH.

KidKo ~ 18/2
Nothing but Kudos for the smiling kid. 

SSR ~ 8
Another pure heart Hab.
A full season and he maybe gets 70 pts. A soul brother.

Dano ~ 9
The best 2nd line centre in the NHL.
Regardless, like SSR, another underrated DGMB pick-up for
the most important professional hockey team in the universe.

Leko ~ 7
He can do more but not a 1st or 2nd liner.

Army ~ 8
KidKo's idol played a solid season.

AWD ~ 8
Not enough games to really judge but a steal.

NaTo ~ 8
Great pick-up. Bucket list 4th liner.

EAP ~ 10
leaf killer extraordinaire. Merci Tim.

Others that played ~ How fucking great was it to play for
the most important professional hockey team in the universe.
Thanks one and all.

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Captains ~ Great CHoices for the C and distributed A(s).

Youth ~ This needs to be stepped up. KidKo, EAP, Jewel, Suzuki, Josh2.0 ...

Upcoming Draft ~ Not fully up to speed but this Lavoie youngster could be a find.
Otherwise D core needs help.

F(HF)ans ~ Is there a more knowledgeable,
more pure and deep-hearted fan base of
the most important professional hockey team in the universe?
Nope.
Low-5s to my blog boys St. Pad and The Prof29.

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Mediots ~ 0

SFU - so when I drop my standard line 'it'll get worse before it (ever) gets better' I am specifically commenting about The Sick Fuck United. Lo' and behold it got even worse this season. Suffice it to say that the SFU has zero professional integrity and it is nothing but a desperate leaf cheering squad. tva losing $21M is fun(ny).

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moe(ments)

#315 was my fave moment this season

Pure pro OV giving TFS a professional tap/clap

KidKo roofing a hilite goal

KidA's hattie

Domini's smile

EAP draining 4 on the leaf sieve

BBQ bear hugs

Tataaaaaar!

All you FHFucking FHFriends that CHeer for
the most important professional hockey team in the universe.
Love you all.


Apr 14, 2019

St. Paddy's Year in Review/Quick and Dirty Grades

This isn't some lengthy 4 page diatribe like you see from every beat reporter for every news outlet, paper and 'official' blog. This is a quick hitter basically stating what many have already said in the comments. With some grades too for the hell of it. Moe might chime in with a review sometime too. What the hell. I'm not looking stuff up so going from my fading memory. Feel free to correct me in the comments.




The team made significant changes last summer, so entered the season with some unknown quantities in Domi and Tatar along with the surprising kid from Finland sticking around.  Newly minted captain Weber was going to be out for at least a couple of months recovering from knee/foot surgeries.



October went well with a winning record and Petry did a great job of filling Weber's skates.
November kind of sucked.  TFS was't great. Nor was his defence.
December was busy with 15 games (ok i looked that up). Captain came back somewhere around the first of the month and the team seemed rejuvenated from it.
February sucked. We were in a deep freeze. I only remember the Habs lost twice to the putrid leaf, including that blown 3-0 lead. Silver lining is had they won that game, they would have had 98 points and still not made the cut. Actually (and ironically) had they won that game, game 82 would have meant something and we probably wouldn't have seen Poehling.
March/April - they finished the season well, just not well enough. And now here we are.



Biggest positives of the season: resurgent play of TFS, Domi, Tattttaaaarrrrr, kidKo/KoHo, Mete

Needs improvement: Drouin (head and heart), the fucking power play

Additions required?  That elusive #1C, top 3 dman, quality backup (CHarlie? - not sure)


QUICK AND DIRTY GRADES



Goaltending - B

TFS - B+. Middle of the pack numbers. Definitely an 'A' goalie the last 3 months but the slow start hurt. As good as he is, still the odd soft one gets by that ends up hurting.

Aunti - D. Nice that he was able to get a couple more years out of BBB. But goodbye.


Defense - C

BBQ - B-. I think he came back too early. While effective after a couple of weeks and contributed defensively and scored some big goals, looked slow by the end. Hope a full off season of rehab and training gets him back to full. He ain't no spring chicken.

Dish - B+. Mostly for his work during 'the absence', but he also put up his best offensive numbers and was top 12 in hits by a dman.  

Meat - B-. Kid's made strides. Needs to add offence to his game as a top pairing dman. 

Kulak - C. Solid. Some turnover issues at times.

J&B - C+.  Settled into 3rd pairing well. Hence fewer mistakes.

Folin?.  Passing grade. Haven't seen enough to judge him.






Forwards - C

Domi - A. Pleasant surprise
TUNA - A-. See above.
kidA - B+. Career high in goals.
Drouin. C+. Career high in points, but disappears too often, can lack heart or effort. High potential, but needs to keep learning and improving.
kidKo - C. Only 18 but still only 34ish points. Ran out of steam. Long stretches off the scoresheet. High potential.
SSR - C+. Contributes offensively, good defensively. Needs to stay out of the box.
Leko - C-. Expect more offense, but is proving a good defensive player.
Army - B. Didn't know what to expect, but adds some offense and was often the best forechecker and/or penalty killer.
Dano - B+. One of several players to reach career highs, but most important is his ever improving face off percentage. 

4th line mix - C.  They deserve more effort, but I'm not Bergy.